Prime Minister's Research Fellows (PMRF) Scheme
Ministry of Education, Govt. of India, launched the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) scheme in February 2018. PMRF Scheme has been designed for improving the quality of research in various higher educational institutions in the country. The PMRFs will receive a fellowship of Rs.70,000 to 80,000/- per month in addition to an attractive research grant of Rs. 2.00 lakh per year. With attractive fellowships, the scheme seeks to attract the best talent into research thereby realizing the vision of development through innovation. The candidates will be selected through a rigorous selection process and their performance will be reviewed suitably through a national convention.
|S. No.||Name||State of domicile||Batch of selection||Area of Research||Joining date under PMRF||PMRF completion date||Research Grant Released to the PMRF||Ph.D admission year|
|1||Dibyendu Ghosh||West Bengal||May-20||Plant-virus interaction||01-Sep-20||31.08.2025||PMRF||2019||dibyendughosh48[at]gmail[dot]com|
|2||Jyoti Saini||Haryana||May-20||Characterization and Applications of Transition metals/Oxides based Nanostructures||01-Sep-20||31.08.2025||PMRF||2019||jyotisaini26021992[at]gmail[dot]com|
|3||SANGEETA||HARYANA||May-20||Cellualr Transport and Trafficking: How single stranded DNA binding proteins transport on ssDNA Trails||01-Sep-20||31.08.2025||PMRF||2019||sangeeta01111996[at]gmail[dot]com|
|4||Chetan Singh||Maharashtra||May-20||Glaciology (Earth Sciences)||01-Sep-20||31.08.2025||PMRF||2019||chetansingh10.11dawn[at]gmail[dot]com|
|5||Rashmita Sharma||Assam||May-20||Homegardens in Assam: Studying them as site of Nutritional security, Ecosystem Services and Innovation||01-Sep-20||31.08.2025||PMRF||2019||rashmitasharma256[at]gmail[dot]com|
|6||Ravindra Meena||Dec-20||Low cost point of care & user friendly spintronic giant magneto resistance (GMR) based nanobiosensor for early stage lung cancer detection||27-Jan-21||26.01.2026||PMRF||2019||ravindracct[at]gmail[dot]com|
|7||Amit Yadav||Dec-20||Design and Validation of cost-effective aptasensor for the detection of H.pylori as gastric cancer biomarker||27-Jan-21||26.01.2026||PMRF||2019|
PMRF – Key Eligibility
From the academic year 2020-21 onwards, the eligibility criteria have been changed for the fellowship. As per the new guidelines, the candidates can now apply for the fellowship through two channels namely, Direct Entry Channel and Lateral Entry Channel.
PMRF Eligibility – Direct Entry Channel
The applicants should adhere to the following eligibility conditions to apply for the PMRF through Direct Entry Channel.
They must be pursuing or completed the final year of Bachelor’s or Master’s or dual degree in Science and Technology streams from IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs/IIEST with CGPA/CPI of 8.0 or above on a 10-point scale, OR
They must be pursuing or completed the final year of Bachelor’s or Master’s or dual degree in Science and Technology streams from any other recognised Indian university/institution (not covered in the above point) with a CGPA of 8.0 or equivalent and a minimum score of 650 in respective GATE subject, OR
The students must have qualified GATE and be pursuing or have completed M.Tech./MS by Research at one of the PMRF Granting Institutes having a minimum CGPA or CPI of 8.0 (on a 10-point scale) or above at the end of the first semester with a minimum of four courses.
They must apply and get selected in the PhD programme in one of the PMRF granting institutes.
PMRF Eligibility – Lateral Entry Channel
The applicants are required to adhere to the following eligibility conditions to apply for the PMRF through Lateral Entry Channel.
They must be pursuing a PhD in one of the PMRF granting institutions.
The students who have joined the PhD programme with a master programme should have completed at most 12 months in the PhD programme.
The students who have joined the PhD programme with a bachelor’s degree should have completed at most 24 months in the PhD programme.
They are required to have completed at least four courses in the PhD programme (each of which should be a full-semester course) with CGPA of 8.5 or above on a 10-point scale.
A candidate can be considered at most twice for the fellowship through lateral entry channel.
PMRF – Application Process
With the advent of technology, everything is now available online and so is the application process for PMRF. The applications for this fellowship will be made through the respective PMRF granting institutes. The candidates are required to apply for a PhD programme either through direct entry channel or through lateral entry channel at one of the granting institutions and the institutions will further make a strong recommendation on PMRF web-portal. How can you apply for the fellowship? What are the steps to be followed for the successful application? Get a step-by-step detail of PMRF application process hereunder.
Step 1: Visit the official web page and read the instructions carefully before applying.
Step 2: Apply for a regular PhD programme (either through direct entry or lateral entry channel) in one of the PMRF granting institutes.
Step 3: In the case of direct entry, if selected, the institute will further nominate the candidates for the fellowship. However, in the case of lateral entry, the candidates will get nominated through the institute in which they are pursuing the PhD programme.
Note: The institutes make the recommendation on behalf of the candidates and upload all relevant information on the PMRF web portal.
PMRF – Documents Required
While applying for a PhD programme at one of the PMRF granting institutes, the candidates may have to attach the following documents:
Passport size photograph
Scanned copy of mark sheets/grade sheets/transcripts
Scanned copy of GATE qualifying certificate
Abstract copy (max 1,000 words in a PDF file)
CV limited to two A4 pages and submitted only in pdf format. The CV should emphasize only academic achievements and skills, e.g. ranks, merit certificates, internships, publications, research-related software skills, etc.
PMRF – Selection Process
With the change in the eligibility criteria, there is a slight change in the selection process as well. From 2020-21 onwards, the selection will also be made through two channels i.e. Direct Entry Channel and Lateral Entry Channel. Under the direct entry channel, the granting institution, where the candidate has been admitted, will strongly recommend candidates keeping in mind their merit. The final selection will be made on the basis of the following factors –
Performance in international academic competitions
Furthermore, under the lateral entry channel, the granting institution, where the candidate has been admitted, will strongly recommend the candidates on the basis of merit demonstrated by him/her during the first 12-24 months (as relevant) of the program. The final selection will be made on the basis of the following metrics –
Strength of the research proposal
Note: Due preference will be given to candidates with publications in reputed journals/conferences.
PMRF – Terms and Conditions
Each fellow will be given deliverables to be achieved each year at the time of joining. The deliverables will be decided by the assigned guide and the department which the fellow is joining.
To continue receiving the fellowship, the fellows are required to undergo an annual review. If their performance is found satisfactory by the review committee, the fellowship will continue.
The process of review is rigorous and thus can be done in the form of a national convention (for each discipline).
Each fellow is expected to teach once a week in a nearby Polytechnic/ ITI/ Engineering College as per the modalities approved by the Government.
In case, the fellows fail to achieve the deliverables, the fellowship could be brought down to institutional level fellowship or even discontinued.